Viz Brings Deko Boko Friends to Canada's Treehouse TV


Groundbreaking Hit Show by Japanese Animation Leader to Air on
Treehouse – Canada's Preschool Destination

San Francisco, CA, August 25, 2005 – VIZ Media, LLC. (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive manga and animation licensing and publishing companies, will introduce the hit TV show DEKO BOKO FRIENDS on Treehouse TV, Canada's top rated preschool destination beginning in September.

Treehouse will air 61 episodes of the uniquely original DEKO BOKO FRIENDS, VIZ Media's debut Japanese animation property for preschool audiences that delivers positive messages to children in a charming and witty manner. Since its debut in Japan in April 2002 on NHK, Japan's public television channel, DEKO BOKO FRIENDS has won the hearts and minds of children teaching lasting life lessons of acceptance and difference. With its airing on Treehouse, DEKO BOKO FRIENDS continues to build on that momentum with successful launches in the U.S. and now in Canada.

“DEKO BOKO FRIENDS is one of the most unique new animated series from Japan,” said John Easum, executive vice president, VIZ Media. “The adorable characters and heartwarming and positive themes have been embraced by parents and children alike in Japan and the U.S., and we are now very excited to be partnering with Treehouse, to bring the show to children in Canada.”

“Treehouse is thrilled to partner with VIZ Media to bring Deko Boko Friends and its messages of acceptance and diversity to our preschool audience” said Phil Piazza, Vice President, Programming, Corus Children's Television.

DEKO BOKO FRIENDS, the first Japanese preschool animated show to ever ink a deal with Nickelodeon, is produced as 30-second animated shorts, and features 12 unique characters that help teach children about diversity and tolerance. The show currently airs on Nick Jr., Noggin — Nickelodeon's commercial-free educational network for preschoolers — and Nicktoons, Nickelodeon's 24-hour cartoon channel.

The world of DEKO BOKO FRIENDS will be available to children in toys from Spin Master and in books from Simon & Schuster. Additional licensees will be announced shortly.
About Treehouse TV
Treehouse TV, seen in over 5 million homes across Canada, offers a unique television environment that is in tune with the interests and developmental levels of preschool children. Treehouse TV is owned by Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in both specialty TV and Radio. Corus also owns Nelvana Limited, an internationally recognized producer and distributor of children's programming and products. The Company's other interests include music, television broadcasting and advertising services. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.NV.B) and New York (CJR) Exchanges. Corus' website can be found at

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga publishing, animation
and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan's largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese animation and manga. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs, audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages.

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